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#2250: Willa Cather to Meta Schaper Cather, [August 16, 1916]

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Dear Meta1:

The shoe men here tell me that number twos are the smallest shoes made with soles. I am afraid they will be a little large, but if they are the babies5 will soon grow to them. The black shoes were all much too ugly to send to cunning babies. I got some cleaning stuff to keep these white. When they get very dirty you can wash them with soap and cold water and then rub this birch powder in after they dry.

I met Mrs. Goodwin6 at the hotel in Casper7. We had dinner together and she walked to the train with me and told me most of the secrets of her life, and how she desires to write a novel about the sun-dance, with "a light love theme woven in"!

Miss Ross8, it seems, is preparing to write an Indian novel and is stealing copy off the poor devils all the while she pretends to be saving their souls.

Douglass9 is looking better than he has for a long time, and seems to be in good spirits. We go on to Red Cloud10 tonight. Now I am going to "Prof. J. T. Ryan"11 for a shampoo. Please hug the babies for me, and tell them I hope their little shoes will be comfy.

With a great deal of love to you all12 Willa
Mrs. R. C. Cather1 Lander3 Wyoming DENVER, COLO.2 AUG 16 1916 1130 AM THE BROWN PALACE HOTEL